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Four days on, a recovery operation for MH370 remains stalled

There can be no recovery operation for doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 — or questions answered on what happened to it — until any wreckage is found. Crikey’s aviation correspondent reports.

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Qantas’ financials up in the air as govt help flies out the window

Qantas says it is in a strong financial position, but a look through its half-yearly results paints a murkier picture. Crikey’s Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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Virgin’s blues no match for the deterioration of Qantas

Virgin released its own set of bad numbers today — but the spotlight continues to shine on a Qantas in crisis.

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Qantas junked? It’s too late to save the flying kangaroo

Australia’s airline has been junked by two credit ratings agency. So what can Alan Joyce and the Qantas board do about it? It’s probably too late to save the flying kangaroo now.

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Foreign airlines snaffle an extra 3.88% of Virgin for $51.6m

Is foreign investment the evil it is made out to be? You’d be surprised at how many companies rely on it for capital raising.

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Qantas finds an unlikely ally in small Virgin shareholders

Virgin shareholders are as incensed by Virgin’s capital-raising as rival Qantas — though for very different reasons.

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Fare game: Qantas bumps up fuel surcharge

Qantas blames the falling Australian dollar for bumping up fuel surcharges on its flights. But there’s a complex game of cat and mouse at play with the airlines chasing scarce tourist dollars.

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What does $8b worth of jets buy you? Worry for Qantas

Singapore Airlines laid down some $8 billion in new Airbus jet purchases overnight, giving Qantas headaches as it attempts to seal its deal with Emirates.

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Second Sydney airport: BOF caught flat-footed, Albo done by wrinkles

The latest episode in the second Sydney Airport saga — the one that flared on Good Friday and has been blazing away ever since — has taken a turn for the worse for NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s credibility.

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High-speed rail: pulling a very fast one on capital

The HSR study relies on fast trains not having to cover their costs.

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Crikey aviation reporter Ben Sandilands reflects on a half century in journalism

When Ben Sandilands became a reporter in 1960, great ocean liners still sailed regularly to Europe and North America. Half a century later Sandliands is still filing copy, and is one of Australia’s leading aviation journalists. These are his reflections.

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What does it take to make high speed rail a reality?

Constructing an Australian high speed rail network has been floated for over a quarter of a century but every time the idea surfaces it gets muddied by the same issues — particularly airline opposition and geological and environmental concerns, writes John Thompson.

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Dark horizons for flight attendants

Having to bear the brunt of angry customers grousing about increasing costs, fewer staff and inevitable flight delays, being an airline attendant in America has become a tough trade - a far cry from the high-flying career once considered glamorous.

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The ash clears to reveal sky high prices

In the wake of the volcano travel freeze, airlines are charging rip-off economy-class fares to London. But could the backlash ultimately lead to a discounting frenzy?

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Move over Virgin: other airlines with a sense of humour

Low cost air travel doesn’t have to be just a squishy and boring affair. South African budget carrier Kulula Air paints their planes humorously, allows checked bows and arrows and flies golf bags for free, explains Ben Sandilands.

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Crikey clarifier: what is wrong with out airlines?

The sense of dread in the airports and lounges is oppressive. Seats and services are getting meaner and tighter. So why are these airlines treating us like dirt? And how are they allowed to get away with it? asks Ben Sandilands.

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The airbus beast emerges French style

The real beast within the giant Airbus A380 airliner emerged overnight with plans for an obscure French colonial carrier to buy two of them, writes Ben Sandilands.

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NY plane crash: Don’t study the safety card

There is something about single aisle jets like the one that splashed down on New York’s Hudson River today that you are never told in safety briefings, writes Ben Sandilands.

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The Qantas versus Dubai contest is the one to watch

Qantas spends most of $35 billion on future jets in two years and Emirates spends $39 billion in two days. Where will it all end? Ben Sandilands reports.

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Qantas pilots file complaint on duty hours ‘rort’

Qantas pilots have sought an urgent definition on safety grounds of flight duty hours in an overnight filing with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Industry Complaints Commissioner, Michael Hart.

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